Gstaad Avalanche Course


An Investment in your Safety!
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Avalanche Training

An increasing number of people have the desire to spend their ski days away from the crowds on groomed slopes. They start exploring the backcountry or undertake ski tours on their own. However, both freeriding and ski touring are considered as “risk sports” and, therefore, the proper equipment and adequate training in risk assessment are a must.

The biggest danger for backcountry skiers are avalanches! A sound training in avalanche risk assessment and avalanche search and rescue techniques are therefore highly recommended.

  • Gstaad Avalanche Training - Content and Schedule

    The avalanche training courses proposed by Gstaad Outdoors provide participants with the required skills to properly evaluate the avalanche dangers and to act efficiently in the case of an avalanche incident.

    In an avalanche incident, the first 15 minutes are critical for the survival of the victims. In our training courses, we focus therefore on making sure that participants become competent in the usage of their avalanche beacon and know how to probe and shovel properly.

    More important, however, is to develop the skills for proper risk management so that critical situations can be avoided at all times!

    The course starts at 09.00h and lasts 5 hours.

Day 1 “Avalanche Search and Rescue Techniques”
  • Theory on how to behave in an avalanche incident
  • Explanation and demonstration of search and rescue techniques
  • Field exercises for beacon, shovel and probe usage
  • Reading and interpreting the avalanche bulletin correctly
  • Methods to manage the rescue zone
Day 2 “Danger Assessment and 3x3 Risk Management”
  • Theory on avalanche building factors
  • Introduction into the 3x3 risk management system
  • Exercise to evaluate the snowpack
  • Execution and interpretation of snow stability tests
Course Fees
  • CHF 150 per person for the basic training on day 1, including course documentation
  • CHF 300 per person for 2 days, including course documentation
Course Instructor
  • Chris Werren, Ski Instructor/Mountain Guide
  • Many years of experience in managing freeriding programs worldwide, including over 10 years in the Himalayas
  • Training as an avalanche specialist at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos
  • Course Dates, Class Size, Course Locations

    Gstaad Outdoors avalanche training courses are available from October 28, 2017, till April 29, 2018.

    Fixed dates are all weekends from November 04, 2017 till December 17, 2017. Other dates on demand.

    Training courses are held with a minimum of 3 participants, the maximum group size is 8. If there are less than 3 participants a small group surcharge may apply.

    In November, we run our training on the Glacier 3000, from the end of November onwards or when snow conditions allow the training is held in the Saanenmöser ski area.

    Avalanches affect everybody on the mountains! Without the right gear, adequate training, the ability to read and understand the avalanche bulletin and the capabilities to evaluate the terrain and to assess the risks we stay on the groomed slopes! More about the subject in this video:

    Know Before You Go from Trent Meisenheimer on Vimeo.